I’m currently challenging myself to stick with a $70 grocery budget for our family of five. This includes almost all of our breakfasts, lunches, snacks, and dinners + most household products (toiletries, laundry soap, etc.).

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I was so happy with all of the groceries we got this past week. And I was especially excited to realize we now have 25 pounds of meat in the freezer and a pantry that is really, really full. All that has been stockpiled a little bit at a time on our $70 grocery budget.

An Important Note for Those Who Are Feeling Frustrated

Some of you have been frustrated recently that I share my groceries because you don’t have Kroger. Here’s what I want to encourage you with: instead of being frustrated, focus on what you CAN do. I’ve lived without a Kroger and been able to still have a small grocery budget. It just takes a can-do creative attitude… and a willingness to do the best you can with the time and resources you have.

A few tips for beginners:

  • If you’re new to trying to cut your grocery bill, start by having a grocery budget, working on sticking with it, and planning a menu based upon simple, inexpensive meals.
  • Then, step it up, by planning your meals based upon what is on sale at the store and what you have on hand.
  • Next, pay attention to why items are at their lowest prices and start setting aside a little bit of your grocery budget to stock up on items when they are at their lowest prices.
  • The more you do this, the easier it will get to lower your grocery budget and slowly build a stockpile of food that you got at a discount!

Here’s what we bought at the grocery store this past week:

Kroger Shopping Trip #1

  • Romaine lettuce — marked down to $1.29
  • Spinach — $2.99
  • Lemon juice — $2.59
  • Loaf of bread — marked down to $1.29
  • Milk — $2.49
  • Total with tax: $8.85 

I spent $3 on this Harry’s Shaving Bundle (I forgot to add this into my grocery budget last week, so I’m adding it here.). I was super impressed with the razor and have been using it all week.

Walgreens Shopping Trip

Kroger Shopping Trip #2:

  • 3 boxes of Honey Nut Cheerios — $1.79 each when you buy 6 participating items, used $1.50/3 coupon that printed last time I went to the store = $1.29 each after coupon
  • 4 tubs of Fage & Simple Truth yogurt — marked down to $0.49 each
  • 3 tubs of Moose Tracks yogurt — marked down to $0.19 each
  • Pita bread — marked down to $1.29
  • Land O’ Lakes butter — $2.99
  • Pork Roast — marked down to $4.99
  • Cousin Willie’s Kettle Corn — $0.99 each when you buy 6 participating items
  • 2 half gallons of Apple Cider — marked down to $0.50 each
  • Baking Powder — $1.19
  • Ocean Spray Pink Grapefruit Juice — $1.99 when you buy 6 participating items, used $1/1 Kroger Digital coupon = $0.99
  • Total with tax: $22.29

Kroger Shopping Trip #3

(I was almost out of lettuce for my two salads a day, so Jesse ran by Kroger when he was out and found two bags marked down for me!)

  • 2 bags of Kroger Romaine — marked down to $1.29 each
  • Total with tax: $2.74

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